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The 1994 CBS series Touched by an Angel boasted many classic episodes, such as the one about the regretful father, and also the one about the dying lady. But for my money, the all-time greatest was the ninth mid-season finale in which all the angels unsheathed giant blades and slaughtered each other in the streets. Personally, I will never forget the image of Della Reese stumbling into a Sunday-school class and spraying a children's choir with her gaping neck wound. Or Roma Downey waving a katana above her head and then falling beside the lifeless corpse of John Dye. Many questioned where the rest of the season could possibly go after that, and to be fair, it ended up being pretty boring. But that episode was truly riveting. More important, it paved the way for Supernatural's outstanding season-nine mid-season finale, "Holy Terror." Not only did we get some serious angel »
- Price Peterson
Walker was born in Glendale, California on September 12, 1973 to sewer contractor Paul William Walker III and fashion model Cheryl and was brought up in a working class Mormon household.
The eldest of five children, Walker began a modelling career at the young age of 2, appearing in a commercial for Pampers. Encouraged by his mother, he auditioned for television acting roles and went on to make guest appearances in Highway to Heaven and Touched by an Angel. In 1992, Walker bagged a recurring role as teenager Brandon Collins in Us soap The Young and the Restless.
Walker's talents were transferred to the big screen in 1998, when he made his feature film debut as Phil Deedle in Disney comedy Meet the Deedles. Following the movie's success, Walker secured supporting roles in teen films including Varsity Blues, »
Paul Walker dead at 40: ‘Fast and Furious’ actor dies in fiery car crash Paul Walker, best known for his role as the former cop Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious movie franchise, died today, November 30, 2013, in a fiery car crash in Valencia, a community in the city of Santa Clarita, located in the northern outskirts of Los Angeles County. Early reports indicated that two (unidentified) people had died after a red Porsche crashed into both a tree and a light pole, bursting into flames, in Rye Canyon Business Park. According to police, speed was a likely factor in the crash. Paul Walker was 40. (Photo: Paul Walker.) Walker was a passenger in the car of Roger Rodas, CEO of Always Evolving Performance Motors, described as "a performance shop for high end vehicles," and one of two Valencia-based companies owned by Walker. (As per Santa Clarita’s Khts, the »
- Andre Soares
The turkey’s stuffed, the pumpkin’s pie’d and the family’s gathered — but don’t neglect your old friend, TV! It’s working Ot this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, serving marathons of fave shows (Castle) and flicks (James Bond), holiday movies (My Santa) and classics (A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving), plus fresh episodes of Glee, Grimm and others. So unbutton your pants and pick up your remote — it’s relaxin’ time. (Sunday’s entrees, including the Walking Dead finale, a great Wife and The Mentalist 2.0 will be covered separately.)
Thursday, Nov. 28
Midnight – 2:40 am Amazing Animation Thanksgiving Marathon (Starz »
- Misha Solomon
Before you start pelting me with fun-size Snickers bars, let me just say: I love almost everything about Halloween.
I love the Dr. Who-themed jack-o-lanterns, the pranksters who scare off trick-or-treaters with Scary Nicholas Cage decorations, and the opportunity to humiliate tiny dogs by dressing them in Miley Cyrus gear. I’m even amused by the increasing unsexiness of “sexy” Halloween costumes, which suggest that even the most scantily-clad college girls are actually in on the joke. Might I suggest a ”sexy baby” outfit, paired with Ricky’s Slutty Wallet, which sports the festive tagline “lose your dignity, not your valuables”?
- Melissa Maerz
Perhaps remembering that Touched By An Angel was once a popular show, NBC has ordered a script for a new procedural about an angelic detective who solves supernatural mysteries. The series is based on Thomas Sniegoski’s popular Remy Chandler novels, which follow an angel/Boston P.I. who renounced Heaven to live on Earth, where he can still turn invisible, speak and understand any language, read minds, and talk to animals. Which, of course, are all angelic powers listed in Corinthians, alongside the power to be brooding and good looking. Franklin & Bash co-creator Bill Chais is set to write »
Previously on Supernatural: Metatron tricks Castiel and steals his Grace; the angels fall; Castiel is human; the angels want Castiel dead; Reapers begin to go rogue; Ezekiel answers Dean’s call for help and possesses Sam in order to heal him; Sam can eject Ezekiel at any time; Dean agrees to keep the possession a secret to save Sam’s life.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
A pair of priests walks outside of their church, the elder dictating an agenda to the younger. As they are priests of the non-evil variety, this agenda merely involves mass and dinner for the Monsignor. Considering that this is taking place in Iowa, kudos to them for booking a Monsignor! They are stopped, however, by a man and woman who appear out of nowhere. With their Naomi-like garb, I’m going to go ahead and assume that they are angels. »
- Laura Hurley
The news that NBC is planning a remake/reboot of "Murder, She Wrote" starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer unleashed waves of snark online Thursday (Oct. 24). It's the latest example of TV networks and studios turning to old properties in the hopes that a new audience will take to them.
Leaving aside the question of whether such reboots actually work -- recent history shows a lot more misses than hits -- the "Murder, She Wrote" news got us thinking: If we were profit-hungry TV executives, what other shows might be ripe for a 21st-century update? Some ideas, and the networks that would call them home:
"Diagnosis Murder" (ABC): As with the CBS original, a renowned physician moonlights as a police consultant and often ends up working with his detective son. Dick Van Dyke and his real-life son Barry starred the first time around; the reboot would reunite on-screen father and »
In Captive, Oyelowo portrays Brian Nichols, who in 2005 escaped from a courthouse jail and went on a shooting spree, killing the judge assigned to oversee his case as well as a court reporter, a sheriff’s deputy and (later) an FBI officer. Fleeing law enforcement, Nichols forced his way into the home of single mother and meth addict Ashley Smith (Mara), holding her hostage at gunpoint. The film will begin production this month, with Leonor Valera and Mimi Rogers set to co-star.
Smith’s struggle to survive is entailed in her autobiography Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of The Atlanta Hostage Hero, which the film’s screenplay was partially adapted from by writer Brian Bird (Touched by an Angel) and newcomer Reinhard Denke. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Twentieth Century Fox announced today it will release Son of God in theaters nationwide February 28, 2014. This major motion picture event -- an experience created to be shared among families and communities across the U.S. -- brings the story of Jesus' life to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational.
Producer and Actress Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel, The Bible) and Producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, The Bible) brought the epic miniseries The Bible to television audiences around the world with their company LightWorkers Media. The series became the number one cable entertainment telecast of the year, one of the fastest-selling TV-to-disc titles ever and went on to garner 3 Emmy Award nominations. Mixing adventure, action and drama from The Bible, the series drew acclaim for retelling the sacred text in a way that was relevant to today's audiences.
Now, the larger-than-life story »
Twentieth Century Fox announced today it will release “Son of God” in theaters nationwide February 28, 2014. This major motion picture event — an experience created to be shared among families and communities across the U.S. — brings the story of Jesus’ life to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational.
Producer and Actress Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel, The Bible) and Producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, The Bible) brought the epic miniseries “The Bible” to television audiences around the world with their company LightWorkers Media. The series became the number one cable entertainment telecast of the year, one of the fastest-selling TV-to-disc titles ever and went on to garner 3 Emmy® Award nominations. Mixing adventure, action and drama from The Bible, the series drew acclaim for retelling the sacred text in a way that was relevant to today’s audiences.
Now, the larger-than-life story of »
- Kellvin Chavez
The story of Jesus’ life comes from producer/actress Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel, The Bible) and producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, The Bible). The two brought the epic miniseries “The Bible” to television audiences around the world with their company LightWorkers Media.
The series became the number one cable entertainment telecast of the year, one of the fastest-selling TV-to-disc titles ever and went on to garner 3 Emmy® Award nominations. Mixing adventure, action and drama from The Bible, the series drew acclaim for retelling the sacred text in a way that was relevant to today’s audiences.
Now, the story of Jesus gets a larger-than-life treatment in the stand-alone feature Son Of God. The film features the score from Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer and Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado takes on the role »
- Michelle McCue
20th Century Fox announced today that the studio will release "The Bible" producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's big screen Son of God in theaters on February 28, 2014. Here's the full press release followed by the first photos: Twentieth Century Fox announced today it will release Son Of God in theaters nationwide February 28, 2014. This major motion picture event -- an experience created to be shared among families and communities across the U.S. -- brings the story of Jesus. life to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational. Producer and Actress Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel, The Bible) and Producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, The Bible) brought the epic miniseries .The Bible" to »
On Saturday (Oct. 12), Hallmark Channel premieres the movie-length pilot "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," which has received a 10-episode series order, probably to air in 2014.
Created by Martha Williamson ("Touched by an Angel"), it focuses on Oliver (Eric Mabius, "Ugly Betty"), the head of a team at the U.S. Post Office's Dead Letter Office, who has taken on the task of being a lost-mail detective to make sure that undeliverable letters and packages make it their rightful recipients.
Along the way, the team saves lives, solves crimes, reunites old loves and changes futures. Helping the handsome, idiosyncratic Oliver -- who believes a snail-mail letter is the gold standard of human communication -- is free-spirited Rita (Crystal Lowe), intuitive Norman (Geoff Gustafson), and no-nonsense technophile Shane (Kristin Booth, "The Kennedys").
Under Shane's inspiration, the team goes in a risky and unorthodox direction, beginning with the chance to clear the name of a »
Hallmark Channel is trying to replicate the soft-focus feel of its movies in series form, so why not go to the source? Exec producer Martha Williamson anchored CBS’ Saturday night for years with “Touched by an Angel,” and her new movie, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” was ordered as a series even before its premiere. Purposefully old-fashioned, shamelessly sentimental and proudly faith-based, the show plucks heartstrings with such unreserved conviction it will likely connect with a target audience prone to dismissing most of pop culture as one big cesspool. While too sappy for the cool kids, for Hallmark, it feels like the right package.
For starters, the premise and groan-inducing title have an almost unintentionally comical conceit: The U.S. Postal Service — a much-derided organization, running a massive deficit and struggling to survive the age of email — cast as intrepid heroes, repairing lives and piecing together happy endings. In an odd way, »
- Brian Lowry
Hallmark Channel has picked up Martha Williamson‘s backdoor pilot/movie Signed, Sealed, Delivered as a series. The show's first season will have 10 episodes and are expected to air mid-2014.
Williamson is the former executive producer of Touched by an Angel and this marks her return to series television. Starring Eric Mabius, the two-hour movie/pilot will air this Saturday, October 12th on Hallmark. Daphne Zuniga, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe and Geoff Gustafson also star.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered is a dramedy that follows a group of mail detectives in the Dead Letter Office. They deliver every last lost piece of correspondence to its rightful owner -- typically just when the recipient needs it most.
What do you think? Do you plan on checking out the movie and/or series? Does this sound like your kind of show? »
Hallmark Channel this morning confirmed our scoop that Martha Williamson‘s backdoor pilot/movie Signed, Sealed, Delivered starring Eric Mabius has been picked up to series with a 10-episode order for Q2 2014, marking Touched by An Angel executive producer Williamson’s return to series television. The two-hour backdoor pilot premieres Saturday, October 12. Related: Hallmark Channel Picks Up ‘Signed, Sealed & Delivered’ »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Exclusive: Hallmark Channel is expanding its scripted portfolio. I’ve learned that the cable network has given a 10-episode order to Signed, Sealed & Delivered (formerly Dead Letters) ahead of the backdoor pilot’s October 12 premiere as an original movie. I hear the decision was made based on great testing results for the pilot. Created and executive produced by former Touched By An Angel executive producer Martha Williamson, Signed, Sealed & Delivered is a comedic drama about an intrepid group of mail detectives in the Dead Letter Office who will deliver every last lost & dead letter to its rightful owner just when the recipient needs it most. Ugly Betty alum Eric Mabius is leading that cast, which also includes Daphne Zuniga, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe and Geoff Gustafson. Williamson is executive producing with Joel S. Rice, Michael Prupas and Jesse Prupas. The pickup comes on the heels of the second season renewal »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
TV Line has what is allegedly the track list for the Glee Cory Monteith tribute next week, but Fox hasn’t confirmed it. It seems reasonable, though, and I’ve been patiently waiting for this show to do the first song on the list for years.
The Man Behind Nom’s New War on Transgender Students
University Of Mississippi’s The Laramie Project Production Interrupted By Students, Athletes Yelling Anti-Gay Slurs.
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— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) September 28, 2013
Conan has »
"Touched by an Angel" with a dark twist? Not exactly. The Anne Rice novel "Angel Time" has been snapped up by CBS as the basis for a new series with Joe Carnahan ("The A-Team," "The Blacklist" and Sarah Timberman ("Masters of Sex") signed on as executive producers. Carnahan will direct the pilot if it's ordered, while Liz Garcia and Joshua Harto ("Memphis Beat") wrote the script. Given the talent and the book involved, this isn't likely to be family-friendly viewing, even though Rice wrote the book during her ten-year return to the Catholic belief system of her youth (she renounced her »
- Liane Bonin Starr
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